Living in the high desert, we have to consider what kind of landscape would work best in our climate. Many have chosen drought friendly xeriscapes that require very little water or maintenance, but you lose the traditional look among all the rock. Large green lawns are going out of style and homeowners are optimizing their space to better fit their lifestyles. If you are planning to sell your home this year, you may be considering updating your landscape to make it more appealing to home buyers. If you find yourself wanting to make some changes in your yard, consider the following top landscaping trends for 2017.
1. Low Maintenance. Whether that means more hardscaping (stone pathways, extended patios) or adding gravel instead of mulch, homeowners prefer a low maintenance yard that doesn't require spending hours each weekend to keep up.
2. Outdoor Structures. Extended patios, pergolas, kitchens and fire pits top the list of favorite outdoor structures for 2017. By creating a functional extension of your home through outdoor structures, you increase your living area and utilize potentially unused space in your yard.
3. Personal Retreats. Your yard is the perfect place to create a space that's uniquely you. That could mean planting an herb garden or building a private, enclosed porch or adding a sound system to your patio.
4. Adding a Trellis. Trellises can add dimension and character to your yard. Talk to someone at your favorite nursery to decide which vine would best suit your needs.
5. Go Green. In past years pops of color have been the go-to landscaping move. Today, people prefer to keep it simple with lots of greenery. You can keep it interesting by choosing plants of various textures and shades of green.
6. Multiple Materials. Mix up the materials you use in your yard by using flagstone, gravel, mulch and ground cover.
7. Native Plants. Hummingbirds, bees and butterflies prefer native plants. Plus, native plants grow well in Northern Nevada because they do well in our climate. Your local garden expert should be able to point you in the right direction for the different areas of your yard based on the amount of light and water the plant should receive.